Rates rising for Mo. customers of Empire District

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Rates will be going up for customers of The Empire District Electric Co.

The Missouri Public Service Commission said Wednesday that it had approved a $27.5 million rate increase for the Joplin-based utility company. The result will be a monthly increase of about $7.74 for a residential customer using approximately 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity.

The new rates are expected to take effect April 1.

The Empire District serves nearly 150,000 electric customers in southwest Missouri. It had sought a $30.7 million increase when it filed its rate case last July.

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